Since Flanders is about the size of the state of Connecticut in the US, it's no surprise that it's an easy place to travel around. All of our cities are really close to each other and accessible by train or car.
English is widely spoken and Flemish people are always ready to help out!

Customs and immigration

Travel documents

  • US & Canadian citizens in possession of a valid US passport (on the planned date of departure from Belgium, your passport should have at least another three months validity) do not need a visa for stays up to 90 days within a six-month period.
  • Other nationalities should check with the Belgian Embassy or nearest Consulate Office for visa requirements.
  • European citizens (of countries belonging to the European Economic Area (EEA)) need a valid ID or a passport that has to have a minimum validity of three months on the departure date.

    More information on www.diplomatie.be

Getting around

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Trains

An extensive rail network connects all of Belgium. Train tickets can be purchased at the railway station before departure.

For more information go to our website page.

Money

Euro coins and bills

Currency

The Belgian currency unit is the EURO (euro) €

Money can be changed at ATM’s, in banks, at the airport and main railway stations, at some hotels and in exchange offices, many of which are open on Sundays.

Foreign exchange traffic is not regulated. There is no limit on the amount of foreign currency which may be brought in or out of the country. No restrictions if arriving from or traveling to another EU Member State. If arriving from or traveling to a country outside the EU: amounts exceeding EUR 10,000.- or the equivalent in another currency must be declared.

Euro notes are issued in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euros. Coins come in denominations of 1 and 2 Euro, and 5, 10, 20, 50, 1 and 2 cent pieces.
To get the most current exchange rate, visit http://www.xe.com/ucc/.

Credit Cards & ATM

All major cards are accepted (Visa, American Express, Diners Club and Euro card)
ATM machines are available in all major cities and at Brussels International Airport

Health

healthcare

Belgium's health service is known for its easy accessibility and high-quality treatments. Belgian hospitals are well equiped and provide optimal care.
In case of emergency, you can dial # 112 (equivalent to 911 in the US)
For more information on Belgian medical services to foreign patients, visit Healthcare Belgium.

Electricity

Adaptor

In Belgium you will need an adaptor of the type “AC.220 volts”. Plugs are continental 2-pin round.

Official holidays

Official holidays

Shops, banks, post offices etc will generally be closed on these days in 2016:

  • January 1st            
  • March 27th
  • March 28th
  • May 1st
  • May 5th
  • May 15th
  • May 16th
  • July 11th (Flanders region only)
  • July 21st
  • August 15th
  • November 1st
  • November 11th
  • December 25th
  • December 26th (replacement day).

Opening hours

Shop

Shops

Shops are open from Monday - Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm. Most shops are closed on Sundays, except in Brussels at the Gallerie St Hubert and gift shops near the Grand Place. Bakeries and patisseries also open on Sunday mornings.

Post offices

General local Post Office Hours are Monday - Friday from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm.
Brussels Post Office at Brussels Midi Station (Fonsnylaan 47B, 1060 Sint-Gillis) is open: Monday - Friday, from 6:00 am - 7:00 pm ; closed on Saturdays & Sundays.
Brussels Post Office in the city center (De Brouckère, Anspachlaan 15, 1000 Brussel) is open: Monday - Friday, from 8:30 am - 6:00 pm ; Saturday, from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm ; closed on Sundays.

A stamp for a standard postcard or letter from Belgium to the United States = € 1.42 (max. 50gr) or € 1.32, if you buy 5 stamps or more.
Stamps may be purchased at news stands, Delhaize supermarkets and souvenir shops.
Post boxes are red and marked "Post/Poste".

Banking hours

Banks are open Monday through Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm and are closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays. Some banks close for an hour during lunch.

Senior citizens

Seniors

Many museums, concert halls, theaters and other public and entertainment facilities (not movie theaters) offer reduced ticket rates. Some sightseeing tour companies offer senior discounts as well. Reduced rail rates are available on our transportation page.

Car Rentals

Highway

Since Flanders is about the size of Yorkshire, it’s no surprise that it’s an easy place to travel around. Driving is a perfect way to get from city to city. Rent a car and make the most of your time in Belgium. Take a look at some tips (provided by the European Consumer Centre) and search for car rentals.

Car rental companies

Chauffeur Driven & Limo Services

Taxi services

Taxis are available at taxi stands or at hotel entrances.
Taxi fare is displayed on the meter, including the service charge.
Minimum or initial fare in Brussels: € 2.40 (daytime); € 4.40 (evening).
Average price per KM (0.62 miles) in Brussels: € 1.80 for journeys within the Brussels Capital Region; € 2.70 for a journey located outside the region.
Average transport price between Brussels Airport and Brussels city center: € 38.00.

Travelling with pets

Travelling with pets

A veterinarian certificate is required indicating rabies vaccination and health status. Certificates must be issued no less than 30 days or more than one year prior to entry. We also highly recommend that you check with your airline carrier for additional requirements.

Traveling with Pets Official Regulations
Information from the Belgian Embassy website.

Additional information on flying with pets.

Calling Belgium

Calling Belgium

When calling a Belgian number from abroad, always dial 00 + country code 32 + city code:

City Code

Antwerp 3
Bruges 50
Brussels 2
Ghent 9
Leuven 16
Mechelen 15
Ostend 59

Calling within Belgium

When calling a Belgian number within the country always dial (0) + city code + number.

Find a business or residence

Calling cards

Calling cards are available in post offices, train stations, book stores, newspaper stands, supermarkets, convenience stores and Belgacom Teleboutiques.

Public phones

Take both coins and phone cards. Public phone that display stickers showing flags of different countries can be used to make international calls with operator assistance.

Time Zone

world map

Belgium Time is located in the Central European Time Zone (CET)

  • 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +1)
  • 6 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time
  • 9 hours ahead of Pacific Standard Time

People with disabilities

People with Disabilities symbols

Flanders, an accessible holiday destination for all

The Accessible Travel Info Point

Your barrier-free holidays in Flanders and Brussels! The Accessible Travel Info Point is a service of Tourism Flanders that provides you with free and independent travel information:
  • Accommodation
  • Transportation
  • Museums and attractions
  • Travel organisations
  • Holiday reports en tips from disabled travellers

More information on travelling with a disability can be found on www.accessinfo.be. For free information tailored to your needs call +32 2 504 03 40 or mail post@accessinfo.be.

Accessible accommodation in Flanders and Brussels

When searching for an accessible hotel, guesthouse, youth hostel etc., look for the A or A+ label.

Accessibility label A+

This holiday accommodation has obtained the Flemish label for accessible tourism, level A+. This means that it can be considered to be comfortably and independently accessible for visitors with a disability.

Accessibility label A

This holiday accommodation has obtained the Flemish label for accessible tourism, level A. This means that it can be considered to have basic accessibility. Such accommodations are still usable for most people with limited mobility, but extra effort or a helper may be needed.
Tourism Flanders awards an accessibility label to holiday accommodation after a thorough examination on site. Following items are assessed: the access walkway from the public road, the entrance and the reception area, the public toilets, the restaurant or the dining room, the bedroom with corresponding bathroom and the corridors between these components.

Often-used reference measurements are:

  • Doors: 50 cm (19.7 inch) of free space at the side of the handle
  • Doors and aisles: at least 85 cm (33.5 inch) wide everywhere
  • Slope: 5 to maximum 10%, depending on the length of the ramp
  • Circulation area: free turning radius of 150 x 150 cm (59.1 x 59.1 inch)
  • Lift: at least 110 cm (43.3 inch) wide, 140 cm (55.1 inch) deep
  • Roll-in shower: threshold maximum 2 cm (0.787 inch), shower seat with support handle or shower (wheel) chair with arm supports
  • Free space next to a toilet or shower seat: 90 cm (35.4 inch)
  • Free space in front of a toilet or shower seat: 120 cm (47.2 inch)
  • Washbasin able to accommodate wheelchairs: clearance 70 cm (27.6 inch), depth 40 cm (15.7 inch) and width 90 cm (35.4 inch)
  • Table able to accommodate wheelchairs: same as washbasin, but depth is at least 60 cm (23.6 inch)
  • Bed: the height of the top is between 46 (18.1) and 54 cm (21.3 inch)
Detailed information on all accessible accommodation can be found in the All In brochure ( browsable brochure with zoom function / download PDF 15MB ). This brochure can also be ordered free of charge from the Accessible Travel Info Point.

More information on travelling with disabilities

The Accessible Travel Info Point has put together several brochures with information on travelling with a disability in Flanders and Brussels. The brochures can be downloaded by clicking the links below or by visiting www.accessinfo.be.

Contact us

Accessible Travel Info Point – Visit Flanders
T +32 2 504 03 40
F +32 2 504 04 05
www.accessinfo.be
post@accessinfo.be

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